Matthew 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
You remember the old saying, “Do what I say, and not what I do.” Who was the genius who thought up this crazy line? I mean really, what makes anyone think that others might think this is a good idea? Think about it, when someone tells you to do something and then will not do it themselves, do you really want to do it. Even worse, they tell you how horrible something is, like smoking or drinking, and then they turn right around and do what they are telling you not to do. You begin to wonder if you can believe them. You may begin to ask yourself if what they are saying is what they genuinely believe.
Do we teach children not to swear by cussing at them? Do we teach them to respect others by cutting down everyone we know? Does any of this make sense? No! Yet we want people to come to Christ and live the life of a Christian, but then live just like the world lives. Can you really expect someone to want to become something you are not willing to live out? Where is the joy in the Christian life of which you speak? Where is the love for God you tell them you have? What about this great fellowship and love for the people you speak of, but never seem to want to be around more than once a week for one hour at a time. Yes, I am convinced. I am convinced that James was right when he said in James 2:20 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
If we want to make a difference in a person’s life, we need to be a living example of what we are saying we believe. We must live for Jesus every day. Ask God to help us through the power of His Holy Spirit who resides in us. He is our strength and our guide. We as believers must walk in the light of His Word. Then we can watch others be attracted to the light, His light.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Genesis 32-33 / Psalm 17 / Proverbs 17-18 / Matthew 23
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Genesis 31-32 / Matthew 11:1-19
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director